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Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

On a business trip to Negros Occidental, Philippines, an old friend offered to host us for a tour of some places near Bacolod City. One of the places he took us to was an American colonial era house now converted into a heritage museum in Silay City north of the provincial capital: The Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House which was completed in 1908. Entrance fee for visitors is at PhP 60. Students pay half the price. It is along Rizal Street which is the main thoroughfare that connects Silay City to other towns and cities in Negros Occidental. The location is within the Silay City Heritage Zone. 


Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Built in the late 1890's or early 1900's, the Bernardo-Ysabel Jalandoni Ancestral House in Silay City, Negros Occidental is recognized as a heritage property by the National Historical Institute (NHI) of the Philippines since 1993. Because of it's fading pink hue, it is commonly referred to as the "Pink House".

Interesting Artifacts at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Being a museum situated in an old house, certainly there are antique items of note at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Here are the ones that caught my attention:

Ice Chest 

In the period when the Philippines was still a colony of the United States of America, wealthy families imported ice from America. Imported ice is stored in an airtight wooden ice chest. I wonder how much imported ice cost back in the day.

Airtight wooden ice chest where ice imported from America to the Philippines is stored.
Airtight wooden ice chest where ice imported from America to the Philippines is stored.


Measuring Implements 

Filipinos have their own system of measuring food in the past: Leche, Salmon, Tercia, and Ganta. Leche is the equivaent of one can of milk. Salmon is the equivalent of a can of salmon or sardines and is a little more than leche. Bigger amounts are measured by either tercia or ganta.

Filipinos way of measuring food amounts in the past
Filipinos way of measuring food amounts in the past

Portraits

There are lots of solo portraits and family portraits displayed on the walls of the museum. 


Family portrait at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Family portrait at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Sculptures

There are several sculpture pieces on display at the pink house. One that really caught my attention is a work of art made from santol wood. The museum caretaker explained that the woodcarved art piece was done by uprooting the whole base of the tree trunk including the roots before it was carved.


Wood carving at Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Wood carving at  the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


Musical Instruments

The Jalandonis were music lovers if the number of musical instruments they own were any indication. They had a piano, violin, and harp all imported from Germany. Of the trio, only the piano can be played.


violin at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Violin at the  Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines






piano at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Piano at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines






Harp at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Harp at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Hats and Canes

The pink house also has a small collection of vintage hats and walking canes. We tried on some of the hats but the docent did not allow us to touch the canes as they were in very delicate condition.


hat and cane collection at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Hat and cane collection at the  Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Doll Collection

The museum also has an interesting doll collection. Many of the dolls are historical figures.


doll collection at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Doll collection at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Ancestral House and Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Books

There are a lot of old books at the house too. Sadly, these books are not in the best of conditions. It's better not to touch any when you visit.



Books, sungka, and a typewriter at the Dpn Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Books, sungka, and a typewriter at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Old Telephone

One of the displays that fascinated me most was an old switchboard telephone used by the sugar barons of Negros Occidental at the turn of the century.

Old switchboard telephone at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Old switchboard telephone at the Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum in Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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